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HOW DO I START A COLLECTION

Keeping the stamps from the letters you receive at home is a good start - but you should ask your parents before taking the stamps off the envelopes.

Ask your neighbours, relatives and friends to save stamps from
their letters for you.

Save as many stamps as possible. That way you will see which you like best. You might prefer stamps that show a particular subject, like animals or aircraft.

Once you have chosen what you will collect, you may well have
many stamps which you find you no longer need. You can use these to swap stamps with your friends, and so acquire stamps which you would like to own.

Many large newsagents sell packets of stamps. You may find a p
acket which has stamps on the theme you have chosen.

If you want to collect stamps from the post that comes to your house,
carefully cut off the stamps leaving a wide margin around each stamp




Here's a good example of stamps cut from an envelope with
plenty of space left so there is no chance of damaging the stamp

We have seen that some collectors like to collect by theme or design, but many collect stamps from just one country or a group of countries. Often this may be of a country visited, perhaps on holiday, or a school trip.

Here are some stamps from just one country France. However it is more usual to collect the stamps from the country where you live, if only because these stamps are usually easier to obtain.



What about joining a stamp club? You can swap stamps and make new friends. Maybe your school has one already - if not try and persuade a teacher to start one!

You might be lucky and have a stamp shop in your area. The stamp dealer may well be able to offer you stamps, and also help you with your collection.

There are events called stamp fairs. These are held on a regular basis (say once a month, or once every three months) in a place like a church hall. Several stamp dealers all come together in the one place. Very often you will find them advertised in your local newspaper.

There are stamp exhibitions: these are usually held in large towns. If you look at Rocket News, the newspaper of Planet Stamp, you will find the details of the main exhibitions.

Large newsagents sell magazines for stamp collectors. Apart from the articles, and information about new stamp issues, which you will find useful, you will see many advertisements for stamps. But do speak with your parent or guardian before you reply to any of the advertisements.